In Gray Cox’s book The Way of Peace, he brings into context the verb for peace, Peace-ing- a cultivation of agreements.
“Gerald Holtmon, a designer and former World War II conscientious objector from West London, persuaded the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War, DAC that their aims would have greater impact if they convey it in a visual image. ‘The Ban the Bomb’ symbol was born,” said Westcott of BBC News.
The article World’s best-known protest symbol turns 50 by Kathryn Westcott said, Holtmon considered using a christian cross, but instead settled on using letters from the flag signaling alphabet symbolizing N and D for nuclear disarmament and placing them within a circle symbolizing the Earth.
“I drew it myself, said Holtmon the representative of an individual in despair, with hands palm stretched outwards and downwards in the manner of Goya’s peasant before the firing squad.”
He later explained that the design was to mean a human being in despair, but before his death he later came to regret the connotation of despair and wanted the sign inverted. That peace should be something celebrated.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 1: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and consciences and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
September 21, 1983 in commemoration of the International Day of Peace and in solidarity with the United Nations, the NGO’s Pathways to Peace inaugurated a Minuet of Silence at 12 Noon in each time zone resulting in a Peace Wave across the globe. According to the website www.internationaldayofpeace.org individuals, organizations, and countries around the world are asked to observe a minuet of silence-moment of peace on Peace Day to remind themselves and each other their progress towards building a culture of Peace worldwide, and that even in our cultural effort to combat our hostilities and differences in a greater effort to end wars, poverty, famine, and pain and suffering and unite as on in the name of Peace.
On December 2015 at the Paris Climate Conference 195 countries came together and adopted the first ever universal binding global climate agreement. The goal of the agreement set to put the world back on track to limit the global temperature from reaching 1.5 degrees Celsius limiting global warming below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
According to the European Commission along with the Paris Climate Agreement setting this global goal highlights the concerns of some of the most vulnerable countries already experiencing the impact of climate change.